Southeast Announces 2008 Man and Woman of the Year

Photo, from left of Man of the Year Billy Garrett, Southeast Provost Jane Stephens and Woman of the Year Sarah Snyder.

Southeast Provost Jane Stephens, center, congratulates Man of the Year Billy Garrett and Woman of the Year Sarah Snyder.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 27, 2008 – Billy Garrett, son of Steve and Linda Garrett of Florissant, Mo., and Sarah Snyder, daughter of Mark and Carol Snyder of Swansea, Ill., were crowned Man and Woman of the Year at Southeast Missouri State University during halftime of Southeast’s Homecoming football game Oct. 25.

Garrett was sponsored by Lambda Chi Alpha.  He will graduate in December 2009 with a degree in secondary education-unified science (biology).  He is also involved in Up Til’ Dawn, Student Government, Presidential Ambassadors, Residence Hall Association, Tutorial Services, and is a Residential Advisor.

Snyder was sponsored by Presidential Ambassadors.  She will graduate in May 2010 with a degree in social studies education.  She is the current Student Government President, and her involvement includes Dance Marathon, Kappa Delta Pi, Emerging Leaders 2007, and Student Ambassadors. 

Southeast recognized the 2008 Man & Woman of the Year and eight other finalists during the halftime ceremony.  Crowning the winners were Jane Stevens, Provost at Southeast Missouri State University, along with the 2007 Man and Woman of the Year, Matt Knickman and Jeanette Holloway.

“The Man and Woman of the Year award process recognizes outstanding student leaders who are balanced between academics and their service through leadership roles on campus and in the community,” said Gretchen Grojean, assistant director for operations/University Center.

Candidates for the award are nominated by the University’s student organizations or athletic teams.  The nominees must then complete an application, including an essay on leadership.  Finalists were selected by a committee of faculty, staff and alumni, who reviewed the applications and interviewed the candidates.

“After the judges named the 10 finalists, the entire student body at Southeast had the opportunity to vote for the eventual winners,” Grojean said. 

Voting was held online Oct. 22-23.  The finalists participated in several Homecoming events, including the Copper Dome Dinner Oct. 24 and the parade Oct. 25.

In addition to Garrett and Snyder, 2008 Man and Woman of the Year finalists were:

• Nicholas Alexander, of St. Louis, Mo., is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration degree with an option in organizational leadership.  Alexander was sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

• Jodie Amschler, of Perryville, Mo., will graduate in May 2009 with a degree in biology.  Amschler was sponsored by the Southeast Student Medical Society.

• Ed Beckman, of St. Charles, Mo., will graduate in December 2008 with a degree in English education.  Beckman was sponsored by Sigma Chi.

• Victoria Boren, of Jackson, Mo., will graduate in May 2009 with a degree in psychology.  Boren was sponsored by Psi Chi.

• Leni Fluegge, of Jackson, Mo., will graduate in December 2009 with a degree in accounting.  Fluegge was sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

• Jeff Grapperhaus, of Breese, Ill., will graduate in May 2009 with a degree in biology education.  Grapperhaus was sponsored by Student Government.

• Scott Kaverman, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., is pursuing a degree in finance and a minor in marketing management.  Kaverman was sponsored by Sigma Nu Fraternity.

• Shatrasha Stone, of Malden, Mo., will graduate in May 2009 with degrees in criminal justice and Spanish.  Stone was sponsored by the Unity First Council.